I’ve started a new-ish journey to re-read the entire Bible…. Well not necessarily “re-read” it… because *full confession here*, I’m not sure if I’ve read every chapter of the Bible. I’ve studied it and read A LOT of it, but not the full thing in a row. So, I’m starting again with the New Testament and then I’ll head to the Old Testament (I know I should probably start with the Old Testament, but oh well LOL!).
As I have started reading it again, I am learning even MORE. It’s true what they say, you can read a scripture one day and then the next time you read it, it affects you in another way. Thank you God for this great word of life book. I was (re) reading Matthew 15 and it stuck out to me so much!! Everything that Jesus says in the Bible means something. I don’t think any word that is in red is a “coincidence”, it’s there for a reason.
In Matthew 15, it speaks about what comes from within us defiles us. The scribes and Pharisees were talking down on Jesus and His disciples, by asking them why they don’t wash their hands before they eat bread like the tradition says (yes, it’s a bit unsanitary… but what’s it to them, right?). Well, Jesus comes back and says (Matthew 15: 3-9) “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: ‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”